Panama City, FL –
WALTON COUNTY Fla. (WMBB) – The Tourist Development Council has been working on a mobility plan to better deal with traffic jams along Scenic Highway 30-A, but this worries residents.
“What we really want to do is get them off the road and stop them from parking illegally,” said David Demarest, TDC communications director.
Demarest said he was looking to buy five plots of land. Two of these are located near the new Dune Allen Beach Access in Santa Rosa Beach.
“It would put a strain on the infrastructure,” said resident Jacque Fudge, who has been researching the subject for years. “It’s a residential area; it was not designed to be a beach mobility hub.
Many residents like Fudge fail to see why their residential community needs to be a hub.
“It would be more traffic and a disadvantage for the people on the way of the carts; it’s also a bus stop, ”said new Santa Rosa Beach resident Ed Sweet. “So the buses dropped off the children and there would be parking there.”
Sweet said the addition of more parking spaces accommodates safety concerns for all residents.
“It’s not really broken, why are they trying to fix it?” he said.
Sweet said in areas like Seaside and Seagrove he could see where this mobility plan would come in handy.
At this point, Demarest said nothing was set in stone yet.
“Every time we buy a property it’s a very long process, so it all happens in public meetings,” Demarest said.
Walton’s commissioners have already voted on this mobility plan once before, 18 months ago, and three council members rejected it. However, now that it is being raised again, the committee asked for more information from the TDC at Tuesday’s meeting. The TDC will bring this information to the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.
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